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Pacers' Draft Possibilities: Josh Selby

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With the Draft Lottery complete, the Early Entry List set, and the NBA Draft fast approaching, it's time to examine more in depth some of the players who could be available for the Pacers. Over the next few weeks I'll be trying to put together as many profiles as possible. Instead of identifying players as specific targets for either Pacers' pick, I'm just going to cover a pool of players I think are possibilities. You'll find some players who the Pacers would likely have to trade up or down for. I've also expressed my opinion that the Pacers need to be focused on talent as much as fit so players at all five positions will be included.

These profiles are not intended to advocate for one player over another, just examine their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss in some detail what they have to offer. For each profile I provided Ten Important Statistics to guide the discussion. Today we'll be looking at:

Josh Selby - SG - 6'3"  195 lbs. - University of Kansas

Ten Important Stats - Josh Selby

Pts/40

Reb/40

Ast/40

Stl/40

2PT%

3PT%

FT%

FT/40

TO/40

USG%

14.9

4.2

4.0

1.5

38.4%

36.2%

75.7%

2.7

3.8

12.2

 

Current DraftExpress Projection: Round 1, Pick #27

Strengths:

  • Excellent athleticism, explosive leaper, very fast in the open floor
  • Has shown the potential to be a reliable perimeter shooter
  • Shows good energy and effort on defense, provides aggressive on ball pressure

Weaknesses:

  • Has the tools to be a very effective penetrator/shot-creator but displayed troubling decision making with a hesitancy to attack the basket
  • Did a very poor job of getting to the free throw line
  • Really struggled to finish at the basket
  • Needs to develop a mid-range game
  • Has point guard size, but displayed the tendencies of a pure scorer

Impressions:

Billed as an incredibly creative and explosive scorer with outstanding athletic tools coming into college, Selby has shown flashes of that potential, putting it all together for a handful of games this season, but has struggled heavily with inconsistency and turnovers.
Quite clearly a shooting guard and not even a combo guard at 6'2, Selby shows very little in terms of point guard abilities, almost always looking for his own shot except for rare spurts where he'll try and set up others off pick-and-rolls. His vision is actually solid when he's looking to use it, but shows very little in terms of instincts and accordingly hasn't been put in a position to run Kansas' offense for any noticeable stretches to help improve in this area.


- Joseph Treutlein, DraftExpress.com
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How he can help the Pacers:

Taking Selby would likely be more of more benefit to the Pacers' future than their present. He has some special athletic tools and down the road could be come a terrific perimeter scorer in the mold the Pacers' seem to need. In the short term he's probably going to be of limited help. His decision making, shot selection, and developing penetration skills indicate it may be awhile before he's able to contribue in a meaningful way.

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